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CodeBrain
March 31st, 2009, 10:00 AM
This tutorial will show you how to add your own Pokemon Sprites into Platinum!

For this tutorial I will use a Shadow Lugia sprite I made, and inserting it into Platinum. You can use any sprite, as long as it fits in the 160x80 range.
First, the tools:

NDS Top System: gbatemp.net/index.php?download=225

Pokemon DS/Pic Platinum: megaupload.com/?d=YRTSK6HS

Adobe Photoshop (Sorry, cant give a link)

A Pokemon Platinum rom (Can't give you this either.)


Okay lets begin!
First, open up your rom with NDS Top System. Then load your Rom.

Then, go to the browse section, and open the poketool folder. (Look at image Tut-01 in attached.)

Go into the pokegra folder, and right click on pl_pokegra. Click extract and save it somewhere. (Look at images Tut-02 and Tut-03 in Attached.)

Open pl_pokegra in Poke DS/Pic Platinum. Head down to number 1495, and click the SavePng option. Save it in the a folder with any name. Do this with 1497, and 1499 as well (Save them in same folder!) (Look at images Tut-04, Tut-05 and Tut-06 in attached.)

Open them all in Adobe Photoshop. Look at the FRONT sprite. Click on Image, then Mode, and finally on Color Table. (Look at images Tut-07, and Tut-08 in attached.)

Edit the colors as you wish, but only from the COLOR TABLE. In this case, I recolored Lugia into Shadow Lugia. Here is his sprite:

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b152/ShadowFireMario/front.png

While still in the Color Table menu, click the Save button, and name it something. Look at the back sprite. Click Image, Mode, and finally Color Table. (Look at images Tut-09 and Tut-10 in attached)

Click load, and find your previously saved table. (Last step) Your image SHOULD look the same as this:

i19.photobucket.com/albums/b152/ShadowFireMario/back.png

If it only looks slightly different, then it shouldnt be a big deal. When I say small, I mean like the eye color is different. Just replace it with the real color thats in the COLOR TABLE ONLY. If it really looks different (aka the purple is orange) then your not using the same palette.

Save both images, doesnt matter if it's interlaced or not (I dont think it does...). Open Pokemon DS/Pic Platinum (In case you closed it) and go to #1495. Replace this image and the next one with the Shadow Lugia back sprite. Replace #'s 1497, 1498, 1499, and 1500 with Shadow Lugia's Front sprite. (Look at images Tut-11, and Tut-12, in attached.)

If done correctly, no palette errors should occur. If there is (Such as a corrupted image or colors arent right, etc.) See the FAQ. Open NDS Top System, go to the Poketool folder, then the pokegra folder. Right click on pl_pokegra.narc, and click import. Find your edited pl_pokegra.narc, and import it in. Load up your game and see if it worked!

FAQ:

1Q. My Image is corrupted when I write my image in Pokemon DS/Pic Platinum. Why is this?

1A. This is because your background color NEEDS to be the first color in the palette, otherwise the above happens.

2Q. Why are there different colors on my back/front sprite than my front/back sprite?

2A. Sorry for the wording, but this means both of your sprites are using different palettes. You must use the same palette, otherwise the above happens.

Chibi Robo
April 2nd, 2009, 12:16 PM
Woah this is a great tutorial for people inspiring to hack pokemon platinum but will this also work for DP?
Anyways I think this is real helpful and I will probaly try this out as soon as I get photoshop ^^

CodeBrain
April 2nd, 2009, 12:36 PM
Yes, you can do this with Diamond/Pearl. I believe all you do is open the files listed in the tutorial without the "pl_" part in front of it.

So instead of pl_pokegra, you open pokegra.

GoldFlareon
April 5th, 2009, 03:19 PM
This is handy! :D But I edited the Lugia in Paint and put a star on its head and it worked. :3

~Flareon.

RedBlood
April 6th, 2009, 02:19 PM
Looks pretty cool, gonna try later.

ssjkiego
April 7th, 2009, 09:50 AM
i tried this on the trainer back sprites and it just came up as the same...

diando
April 15th, 2009, 04:55 AM
Thanks for the tutorial but do you know how to edit the title screen in D/P/Pt

madarawolf
May 7th, 2009, 11:47 AM
Can you change the trainer sprites using this method?

Jeyboye
May 29th, 2009, 09:31 AM
Does it matter if the edited sprite is a few kb larger then the original file but, still, the same dimensions?<br><br>And, do you apply the same colortable to the shiny .png? <br>

Kahroo
June 16th, 2009, 08:19 AM
Ok I am trying to change tenatcruel's sprite. And I am using these pics. And there not working, why?

vaxidd
July 15th, 2009, 01:39 AM
could u put another link for Pokemon DS/Pic Platinum?, megaupload doesn't work in HOng Kong

CodeBrain
July 15th, 2009, 10:32 AM
@Kahroo: The edited Pokemon Sprite must follow these guidelines:

1. The image must be 160x80 in dimensions or else the image goes corrupt
2. Since the sprites are indexed, they have a color table. The color table must have only 16 colors, or else the sprite goes corrupt.
3. The background color has to be the FIRST color in the index, or else the sprite goes corrupt.

@vaxidd: Here you go, a link for Filefront:http://www.filefront.com/14048781/Pokemon%20DS%20Pic%20Platinum.rar

awesome761
July 27th, 2009, 06:25 PM
I am a n00b at this. I did what he said, imported it, and only difference is the lugia has red eyes. How do i make it shadow?

Also can you do this with crossover on a mac?

desiking75
July 30th, 2009, 04:21 PM
Hi this is probably a stupid qestion and I probably did something i shouldnt have, but I edited the pictures like you said, and then i opened them each where they should go, but when i went back to check, they had reverted to the originals, how do I save the edited images in pokemon ds/pic without them reverting?

Never mind the above, I got it. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial

Now a second point is could I use this method to say replace a picture of chimchar with a picture of a watch or something, if so how?

Full Metal
July 31st, 2009, 07:40 AM
O.o
maybe by...
making a picture of a watch
copying it
indexing it to color table of sprite
pasting it again
set the bg color
insert it?
just a guess....

shinymew95
September 4th, 2009, 11:03 AM
Sorry,what's the number for pikachu?

smileypwnsu
September 20th, 2009, 01:06 AM
When i try to load the images in pl_pokegra.narcc it just shows up as random colors. Not sure why, ive tried getting another platinum rom, and downloading all the programs fresh but it wont work >< any suggestions?

madarawolf
October 4th, 2009, 07:21 AM
How do you edit alternate forms?

ntvinh986
October 11th, 2009, 06:50 PM
Woah this is a great tutorial for people inspiring to hack pokemon platinum but will this also work for DP?
Anyways I think this is real helpful and I will probaly try this out as soon as I get photoshop ^^

I hope other members would love to share their great photos and memories this site.

rules are meant to be broken
October 12th, 2009, 03:52 AM
hehehe! thats pretty useful for newbies like me!

poripori
November 29th, 2009, 07:52 AM
im gonna try it soon as possible

Toxicroak
December 7th, 2009, 09:55 PM
Hi this is probably a stupid qestion and I probably did something i shouldnt have, but I edited the pictures like you said, and then i opened them each where they should go, but when i went back to check, they had reverted to the originals, how do I save the edited images in pokemon ds/pic without them reverting?

Never mind the above, I got it. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial

Now a second point is could I use this method to say replace a picture of chimchar with a picture of a watch or something, if so how?

im having the same problem, can you help me out?

Never mind i realised i had to replace all of the sprites not just the back and the first front sprite.

thanks for the tutorial, i now have a toxicroak that looks like saturns one :D

madarawolf
December 15th, 2009, 12:51 PM
How do you edit/ add anlternate forms?????

Hybrid Trainer
April 11th, 2010, 08:54 AM
Is it possible to edit pallets?

TheShinyMew
May 17th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Of course. Just use Microsoft Paint or Photoshop.

Reckutx
May 16th, 2013, 02:37 PM
In Nitro Explorer, how do you get to the trainer sprites? (Dawn/Lucas) Also, can you change how the characters in the Diamond/Pearl intro video look? If so, how? I have been trying for so long to find something like this to use, but now that I have it I can't figure out how to use it!